OTTAWA, June 21, 2012 /CNW/ - A strong team of five archers has been
nominated by Archery Canada to the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)
for entry into the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
The Canadian contingent will be led by 2008 Paralympian and 2011 Parapan
American Games gold medallist, Kevin Evans (Jaffray, BC). Evans is also
a two-time defending world champion, having struck gold in 2007 and
2009 in the Men's Open Compound Bow category.
"I'm really pleased and excited about returning to the Paralympic
Games," said Evans. "Last season was a bit rough with some untimely
injuries, but things are definitely looking up this season and for the
Joining Evans will be first-time Paralympian Bob Hudson (Leoville, SK).
Hudson captured the silver medal in his category at the 2011 Parapan
American Games. Both Hudson and Evans will compete in the men's
Compound Bow, Open category.
Lyne Tremblay (Magog, QC), a 2008 Paralympian, will compete in her
second Paralympic Games. Tremblay will compete in the women's Recurve
Bow, ARW2 category.
Karen Van Nest (Wiarton, ON) will be competing in her fourth Paralympic
Games. She competed in the 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing
Paralympic Games in pistol shooting. The London 2012 Paralympic Games
will mark the first time she competes as an archery athlete. Van Nest
will compete in the women's Compound Bow, Open category.
Rounding-out the strong Canadian contingent is international veteran
Norbert Murphy (Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC). Murphy will be competing in his
third Paralympic Games. He competed at the 2000 Sydney and 2008 Beijing
Paralympic Games. Murphy captured the bronze medal at the 2009 World
Para-Archery Championship and finished fifth at the 2011 World
Para-Archery Championship (in the men's Compound Bow, ARW1 category).
The five archers nominated to the Canadian Paralympic Team for London is
an increase from the three who competed at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic
Games four years ago.
"I am really happy to see the fantastic growth in Paralympic archery
with a record number of athletes being nominated to the London 2012
team with real chances of medals," said Gaétan Tardif, Chef de mission
for Team Canada.
Vladimir Kopecky (Kimberley, BC) is Archery's Team Leader for the Games.
"I believe we have a very strong team and that we have a real chance to
be on the podium," Kopecky said. "We are going to the Games to do
Athletes and staff nominated to the Canadian Paralympic Committee for
the London 2012 Paralympic Games in archery:
Kevin EVANS (Jaffray, BC) - Compound Bow, Men's Open category
Bob HUDSON (Leoville, SK) - Compound Bow, Men's Open category
Karen VAN NEST (Wiarton, ON) - Compound Bow, Women's Open category
Lyne TREMBLAY (Magog, QC) - Recurve Bow, Women's ARW2 category
Norbert MURPHY (Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC) - Compound Bow, Men's ARW1
Rob COX (Winnipeg, MB) - Alternate in Compound Bow, Men's Open category
Vladimir KOPECKY (Kimberley, BC) - Team Leader
Linda GAGNON (Magog, QC) - Team Support Staff
The archery competition for the London 2012 Paralympic Games will take
place at the Royal Artillery venue in London from August 30 to
About Archery Canada
Archery Canada is the National Sport Organization responsible for the
promotion and development of the timeless sport of archery in a safe
and ethical manner. Archery Canada supports the achievement of high
performance excellence in archery in all categories and the development
of a national archery infrastructure to promote archery participation
across Canada in cooperation with the Provincial Archery Associations.
SOURCE CANADIAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE (CPC)
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